I still wasn't sure about it, and unlike Debby, who also bought one using the Prime Day deal and tested it out immediately with a rutabaga she had lying around (side note: I have never had a rutabaga lying around, LOL), I let my spiralizer sit on the kitchen counter for nearly a week.
Finally, after two trips to the grocery store (I forgot avocados and tomatoes the first go-round), I took the spiralizer out of the box, assembled the handle, and gave it a whirl with a zucchini. YOU. GUYS. This thing worked. And it was fascinating! Look at this:
One normal-sized zucchini - the base of my cold veggie dish.
I spiralized two zucchini in total, one for Jeff and one for me...it took great restraint to not spiralize all the things, because it was really fun to use. Instead, I took out my egg slicer to use on mushrooms, because at this point I still wanted to play with my food:
I finally had to resort to using a lowly knife for the rest of the ingredients. Behold, my beautiful veggie salad:
Zucchini noodles (zoodles), tiny colorful tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado, herbed feta cheese, and diced chicken breast.
I put a little bit of this salad dressing on it and tossed everything together:
For store-bought, this dressing is really good!
I added some salt and pepper, and ended up cutting the zoodles with my knife because they were as long as spaghetti. The meal was tasty, healthy, and super filling...I had a hard time finishing it. Until I bought the spiralizer and looked at some recipe ideas for it, I didn't know that you could eat the zucchini noodles raw - I thought they needed to be heated up. Nope - it was delicious like this, and I love how many veggies we were able to eat in one meal.
While I'll use this to make noodles with spaghetti sauce, and also I'm interested in spiralizing a sweet potato, tossing it with coconut oil, and baking some nifty curly fries, that won't be happening until it cools down around here. However, I did use the zoodles with some store-bought pesto and dang, that was really good.
For those of you who have a spiralizer, what else do you do with it? Anything I'm missing out on making? And if you don't own one, I'm telling you - don't be like me and wait forever to make that purchase. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and I'm really amazed at how much I like the veggie creations that come from it!